Immediately after an auto collision, it’s common for people to wait to get treatment. Most people think, “I’ll just wait to see how I feel next week.” This approach can be a mistake.
A number of scientific studies show that when a patient gets early treatment soon after a crash, they have better outcomes than those patients who wait.
During a crash, the tissues of your neck can be stretched or torn. You may not feel pain right away but as the tissues become swollen and inflamed, patients often wake up the next day with a sore, stiff neck.
Pain and stiffness are signs of trauma to the ligaments and muscles of your neck. The body’s response to injury is to restrict movement and to heal the injury by sending white blood cells to the area. Your body will then begin repairing the injured area by laying down scar tissue.
The problem with scar tissue is that each joint in your neck has a fairly limited range of motion. Scar tissue reduces that motion even more, and if you don’t receive proper treatment, that can result in permanent limited mobility, chronic pain, and even spinal degeneration of the joints.
Getting early treatment will break up this pattern by increasing movement in the injured area and by preventing the development of scar tissue.
A complete examination/case history, x-rays if necessary to properly access your condition and determine a course of treatment for your particular case. You should also contact your Medical Provider after your injury.
If you’ve been in a crash, please contact us so that we may help you recover faster and hopefully without any long lasting residual pain. We are very experienced with these types of cases and we will work your auto insurance and file the necessary papers during the course of your treatments.